Metronidazole is a very powerful antimicrobial antibiotic used for the effective treatment of many different diseases and conditions in dogs, cats, and horses.
Metronidazole effectively treats animals who are suffering from dangerous infections such as tetanus, liver disease, various causes of inflammatory bowel diseases, Giardia, Entamoeba, Balantidium, and Trichomonas, as well as oral infections like periodontal disease. It can even be applied externally to fight skin conditions such as acne (particularly in cats).
Metronidazole may also be used in conjunction with other types of antibiotics (e.g., penicillin, some cephalosporins, and amino-glycosides) to fight off various anaerobic bacteria and protozoal infections. It even treats colitis brought on by the prior use of other antibiotic medications.
This potent antibiotic specifically targets bacterial microorganisms and interferes with their DNA resulting in the death of the microorganisms.Check with your veterinarian for appropriate dosage.
Key Benefits of Metronidazole
For dogs, cats, and horses
Treatment for tetanus, liver disease, Giardia, Entamoeba, Balantidium, Trichomonas, and oral infections
Treats skin infections
Who's Metronidazole For?
Used in dogs, cats, and horses
Fights anaerobic bacteria (and protozoal infection), in combination with other antibiotics such as penicillin, aminoglycosides, and some cephalosporins
Treats Giardia, Entamoeba, Trichomonas, and Balantidium infections, tetanus, and infections in the mouth such as periodontal disease
Used in gel form to manage skin infections such as feline chin acne
Treats colitis triggered by other antibiotic use
Is employed to treat complications of liver disease
Combats inflammatory bowel disease and diarrhea
Pills are best served with food; the strong, bitter taste can be overcome by various masking preparations
Side Effects and Warnings
Side effects most often are reactions to the strong taste, and may include neurologastro-intestinal disorder, lethargy, weakness, neutropenias, hepatoxicity, hematuria, anorexia, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Less frequently, more serious side effects may occur, such as low white blood cell count, liver failure, and blood in the urine, or dark urine. Long-term use or overdose may cause neurologic symptoms as well.
Metronidazole has also been known to cause birth defects, and should not be used by pregnant mothers.